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R.I.P Muhiyyidin d’Baha!

black lives matter charleston

photo cred: http://www.telesurtv.net

This morning when I clicked on the article, and  I realized that it was you, I clutched my chest to gasp for breath. I didn’t get a chance to meet you in person, but with what I saw from you on Facebook, but it didn’t take much for me to admire & respect you. You were living in Charleston. You were Black. You were an activist for the people and the people only. You weren’t afraid to take risks. You loved unconditionally. You were a disciplined and determined organizer, who produced results.  All of our internet conversations, whether it was on a Facebook status that I posted or one that you posted, were nothing short of productive and fruitful.

Being away from Charleston took a toll on me. I had to see Charleston recuperate after Walter Scott was brutally murdered by Charleston police–something that ate me up inside. Then, shortly thereafter, I had to see Charleston take another blow to the brain, when a white supremacist shot and killed nine churchgoers. Being so far away during the grieving and healing process was enough to almost cripple me.

But, I felt assured and at peace, because you were there. You did everything that you needed to do–in such an uncompromising and unwavering fashion. You were a man of integrity, intelligence and passion. I wasn’t in Charleston in those moments that I felt that I needed to the most–and I didn’t have to. You were there on my behalf, raising Hell and taking a stand for all poor, Black and marginalized people who have been relegated to racism, discrimination and hostility for far too long.

I never got to meet you on THIS side of paradise, but I know that we will meet when it’s all said and done!

Marcus Garvey said, “I shall come and bring with me countless millions of Black slaves who have died in America and the West Indies and by the millions in Africa to aid you in the fight for liberty, freedom, and life.” I truly believe that you will be among those accompanying Garvey when the time comes. Let it be soon!

Rest In Paradise Muhiyyidin d’Baha!

 

this system was never broken

One way or another, by any means necessary. If we fall, this system is coming  with us!

autobiography of malcolm x

advertisement for the first edition of The Autobiography of Malcolm X… This looks like a pretty dope edition, would’ve loved to have this version. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere, but likely hella expensive.

government is violence

;)

Freelance

via http://www.huckmagazine.com

Who Cares About Transit? 2/13/18

Boom. There’s that. After a less than 24-hour notice, the metro system will be closed down for an entire month (until March 11th). Apparently, they spotted some “urgent issues” that were so dire, that they had to work on it immediately. Sounds good, right? Well, there’s a slight problem–what will happen to the 40,000 weekday riders and the 14,000 weekend riders? That’s an easy answer. They’ll take the bus of course. Then, the bus will be late. Then, they’ll be late to work. Do you see the trickle down affect that dilapidated transit has on residents who rely on public transit? Let me break it down even further—

Everyone—EVERYONE in the city knows that the metro is much more reliable than the buses. This is a fact. You have residents who solely ride the metro, because the metro gets them to their destination without the need to ride a bus. Now, you also have those who solely ride the bus, because the bus may be their only option, as the metro’s destinations are limited. Now that the metro is down, these metro riders will now have to ride the bus. This means much more crowded bus stops and busses. This means that some folks will not be able to get picked up, because the busses will fill to capacity much quicker. This means longer wait times, which ultimately mean lateness, frustration and consequences in the workplace.

Gov. Larry Hogan said that money has been put into the system–“lots of it”. We saw the beginning of Baltimore Link, a supposedly “new” system, that cost $135 Million to  initiate. This system was intended on linking residents to downtown and to other places of business for better work accessibility. However, we’ve seen everything BUT speedy service. Busses are still late and people are still unsatisfied with the services. Some folks will even ask, “what is the difference between the old and the new?”

There are no significant difference.

What exactly did you spend the money on? None of it went to the metro apparently!

Until people who drive start caring just as much about public transit as the transit riders do, nothing will change—and we desperately need change.

Changing the Narrative? 2/14/18

I could not believe my eyes when I looked and saw that Darryl De Sousa’s response to the devastation that people felt over a 12-day no homicide steak being broken was “it’s still early.” Truthfully, I thought that what he meant by “it’s still early”, was that the 22-year-old man who was fatally shot in Northeast Baltimore was still fighting for his life, and that it was too early to deem it a homicide. But that’s not what he meant. De Sousa meant that it’s too early in the year, and that we have a “long, long way to go.”

Really….

Never mind the effort that went into organizing the Ceasefire. Never mind the behind the scenes work that goes into making our communities safer. Never mind the accomplishment (regardless of how big or small), the labor that went into this initiative. De Sousa mentions the 12-day stretch without a homicide, but then follows it up with “at the end of the day, it’s a body, it’s a person, it’s a story behind him.” Who said that there WASN’T a story behind him? Who said that he WASN’T a person? It sounds like De Sousa is trying to say that we shouldn’t be upset over the 12-day steak breaking, but rather at the homicide at hand. My only question is, why can’t we be upset at BOTH? Not to mention, it’s very interesting the amount of optimism and hope that our Police Commissioner has when it comes to crime in this city. He sure sounds like he has hope and faith that things will get better, doesn’t he? Any Commissioner that says, “we have a long, long way to go”, is a very optimistic commissioner.

Not. He essentially said, “you all tried, but……. you failed. womp. womp. womp.”

De Sousa can’t acknowledge the good without shooting it down with the bad. He essentially downplayed the efforts of the many activists and organizers in the community who not only give a damn about the wellbeing of their city, but are trying to “change the narrative.” Sounds familiar right?

“We’re going in the right direction, but it’s still early.” These are the words of your hopeful, optimistic commissioner, (who’s attitude the mayor must be SOOO pleased with who is doing so, so much to prevent the violence in your community. C’mon. Catch the sarcasm, please. What ever happened to “changing the narrative?” Doesn’t changing the narrative mean assisting those who are putting in the work day in and day out? The year may have just started, but with community organizers making a difference slowly but surely, we can certainly turn things around for the better and ACTUALLY “change the narrative.”

Here’s what De Sousa SHOULD’VE said:

“As we investigate this unfortunate homicide, we send our condolences to the family and pledge to investigate until you all receive justice. And as to the organizers who worked tirelessly during the Ceasefire, please keep it up, your work goes in-noticed. Don’t be discouraged. Let’s push for an even longer streak.”

Do you think he’ll ever say something like this on television?

I won’t hold my breath.

Here’s to 23…

Today is my birthday!

Last year, I did a “here’s to 22” post. My “here’s to 23” post is much simpler, but is just as effective for me as the last…

“This year will be a year of increase, not in what I RECIEVE, but in what I GIVE TO OTHERS.

Here’s to 23. 🎈

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